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by CharonPDX
Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: Dealer trying to charge me $900+ for "DAMAGED CHARGER CABLE HOOK"
Replies: 4
Views: 221

Re: Dealer trying to charge me $900+ for "DAMAGED CHARGER CABLE HOOK"

Hadn't even thought of 'picking' the solenoid, which is funny, because I enjoy lock picking and have a decent set of picks!

I'll bug them about it being a known issue - is there a technical bulletin or whatever BMW calls it for it that you know of? I can't find any under "i3 charge solenoid"
by CharonPDX
Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Problems / Troubleshooting
Topic: Dealer trying to charge me $900+ for "DAMAGED CHARGER CABLE HOOK"
Replies: 4
Views: 221

Dealer trying to charge me $900+ for "DAMAGED CHARGER CABLE HOOK"

My i3 has been having issues with the charge port recently - the vehicle hasn't been releasing charge plugs from the socket reliably. Lock/unlock a few times, wait half a minute to about 5 minutes before it finally releases the connector. Then this morning, not only that, but all the warning lights ...
by CharonPDX
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:33 am
Forum: BMW i3 Rex Specific Discussions
Topic: Longest electric-only trip for me so far.
Replies: 5
Views: 282

Re: Longest electric-only trip for me so far.

Made the drive back today. Decided to go the "faster" route, which (I thought) would absolutely REQUIRE the REx to be used. The city I was in has no quick chargers, and the route I was taking had me driving 125 miles over a mountain range to the first rapid charger along that route. Here's the deart...
by CharonPDX
Sat Jan 04, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: BMW i3 Rex Specific Discussions
Topic: Longest electric-only trip for me so far.
Replies: 5
Views: 282

Re: Longest electric-only trip for me so far.

Yes, turning on Nav gave a more realistic estimate. Before starting up the hill, it said 50-ish miles, engaging nav it dropped to 20.
by CharonPDX
Sat Jan 04, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: BMW i3 Rex Specific Discussions
Topic: Longest electric-only trip for me so far.
Replies: 5
Views: 282

Re: Longest electric-only trip for me so far.

Well, to get the occasional use charger to work, I had to turn down the charging speed to get it to charge. So when it was time to leave up the mountain this morning, it was at 75%. "That'll be enough, it's only 18 miles to the ski area!" Got to the ski area parking lot, at 15%. 60% battery usage in...
by CharonPDX
Sat Jan 04, 2020 1:00 am
Forum: BMW i3 Rex Specific Discussions
Topic: Longest electric-only trip for me so far.
Replies: 5
Views: 282

Longest electric-only trip for me so far.

I got the REx to be able to take longer trips without worrying about charging, and have used it that way a few times. In general I have charged on the "more than one full battery plus more than one full tank" trips, but I have yet to do a trip where I have gone more than one battery charge distance ...
by CharonPDX
Fri Dec 20, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Coding for TJA without the Quidzel?
Replies: 7
Views: 367

Re: Coding for TJA without the Quidzel?

My Quidzel was connected badly the first time I connected it (loose wire, had to fiddle with it until it got in there right.). Coded, and TJA was "available" but threw a huge error message on the dash and center screens when I tried to activate it and of course the car refused to let TJA work. https...
by CharonPDX
Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: Local / Regional Discussions
Topic: Local dealer obviously licensed all their lease vehicles at the same time...
Replies: 0
Views: 84

Local dealer obviously licensed all their lease vehicles at the same time...

There is a coffee shop up the block from me. The owner drives an i3 - she had it long before I got mine, and her rave review was one of the reasons I bought it. She originally leased hers, then bought out the lease last year. She tends to park it in front of my house, because the coffee shop itself ...
by CharonPDX
Sat Oct 19, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Other Electric Vehicles
Topic: From one funky EV (i3) to another (Arcimoto FUV)
Replies: 9
Views: 216

Re: From one funky EV (i3) to another (Arcimoto FUV)

BTW, are there snap-on windows or "isinglass curtains you can roll right down" or anything? I see it has a windshield wiper, but that could be pretty miserable in rain or snow. Not yet - but they are in the works. Driving in the rain this last week, you stay dry when moving, but stopped, any breeze...
by CharonPDX
Sat Oct 19, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Other Electric Vehicles
Topic: From one funky EV (i3) to another (Arcimoto FUV)
Replies: 9
Views: 216

Re: From one funky EV (i3) to another (Arcimoto FUV)

That would have been my guess, since I don't think it's big enough for the other thing. Try going head-on with a Greyhound bus or tractor-trailer while driving one of these things. The versatile F-word can be used for at least 9 different parts of speech, and more than one surely applies to the FUV...

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